Film Language Tag: puppet

A moveable figure generally representing a living creature. Puppets may be realistic or fantastic; full sized, over sized, or miniature; filmed live or in stop-motion; controlled by a single operator or by a coordinated team; etc. Puppets come in many forms, including: -Traditional “hand in a sock,” (Shari Lewis’ Lamb Chop), often with rods controlling the limbs (Jim Henson's Kermit the Frog). -Marionettes controlled by overhead wires (Thunderbirds, 1964-1966). -Stop-motion posable figures (Jason and the Argonauts, 1963), often with replacement heads for each facial expression (Tim Burton's The Nightmare Before Christmas, 1993). -An actor wearing a puppet suit, portions of which are controlled by puppeteers (the werewolves in Underworld, 2003). Animatronic creatures controlled remotely (E.T. in E. T. the Extra- Terrestrial (1982), Chucky in Child's Play (1988), the sick triceratops and most close-up dinosaurs in Jurassic Park (1993), the beached whales in Whale Rider (2002), etc.). Kroon, R. W. A/V a to z: An encyclopedic dictionary of media, entertainment and other Audiovisual terms. McFarland, 2014.


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